South Pointe Middle

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Discipline

SCHOOL WIDE DISCIPLINE

The staff at South Pointe is committed to frequent student/parent/school communication in matters of discipline. Hopefully, most matters can be handled in the classroom or through parent contact. Our goal is to establish a policy that is well defined, fair and consistent. We strive to provide an environment for our young adolescents' personal, social and academic development. This policy is proactive in nature and is designed to solicit positive behaviors from our students. We can best accomplish this goal by working together as a team. Our expectations are high, and we believe that our students are capable of meeting them.

It is our hope that this plan will ensure a safe and positive learning environment for each student. Frequency and severity of student behaviors will determine the level of disciplinary consequences.

RANGE OF DISCIPLINARY ACTIONS (minimum/maximum)

VIOLATIONS AGAINST PERSONS

Assault.............................................................. Suspension/Expulsion
Weapons.......................................................... Suspension/Expulsion
Sexual Harassment.......................................... Suspension/Expulsion
Hate Crimes..................................................... Suspension/Expulsion
Hazing/"Pantsing"............................................ Suspension/Expulsion
Physical Aggression/Fighting/Play Fighting..... Counseling/Expulsion
Verbal Abuse................................................... Counseling/Suspension
Threats............................................................. Counseling/Suspension
Continued Willful Disobedience....................... Counseling/Suspension
Defiance of Authority....................................... Counseling/Suspension
Disruptive Behavior......................................... Counseling/Suspension
Cheating.......................................................... Counseling/Suspension
Forgery............................................................ Counseling/Suspension
Leaving Campus without Permission.............. Counseling/Suspension
Misbehavior on School Bus............................. Counseling/Loss of Privilege
Violation of Suspension................................... Counseling/Suspension
Visiting Other Campus During School Hours.. Counseling/Suspension

VIOLATIONS AGAINST PROPERTIES

Extortion........................................................... Suspension/Expulsion
Theft................................................................. Suspension/Expulsion
Robbery............................................................ Suspension/Expulsion
Willful Damage of Property on School Grounds. Suspension/Expulsion
and cost of repair or replacement of property

VIOLATIONS AGAINST PUBLIC HEALTH AND SAFETY

Dangerous Drugs.............................................. Suspension/Expulsion
Drug Paraphernalia........................................... Suspension/Expulsion
Alcohol............................................................... Suspension/Expulsion
Tobacco............................................................. Suspension/Expulsion
And/or Look-alikes........................................... Suspension/Expulsion

VIOLATIONS AGAINST PUBLIC DECENCY AND GOOD MORALS

Gambling........................................................... Counseling/Suspension
Vulgarity and/or Profanity.................................. Counseling/Suspension
Offensive Social Behavior................................. Counseling/Suspension
Public Display of Affection................................. Counseling/Suspension

Enforcement/Discipline

A. The principal or designee will notify law enforcement if any student is found under the influence of alcohol or other drugs at a school sponsored event or activity.
B. School authorities may inspect a locker or other areas in the school where tobacco, alcohol, or other drugs are likely to be hidden or used when suspicion arises that something of an illegal nature may be found.
C. Alcohol, drugs, and other substances found in the possession of students may result in arrest, suspension, or expulsion.

D. Tobacco in a student's possession or use of tobacco on school premises or at school-sponsored events is a violation of law and Board policy and is not permitted. Students violating this policy shall be subject to disciplinary action.
E. Students who violate the following California laws or district regulations may face possible suspension and/or expulsion:
1. Possession or use of tobacco within school boundaries or at school activities.
2. Possession or use of narcotics, narcotic look-alikes, drug paraphernalia, or alcohol on school grounds or at any school activity.

3. Fight at school, or at any school activity, or to and from school.
4. Stealing private or school property.
5. Possession of any type of dangerous weapon, including knives, pocketknives, fireworks, firearms, or projectiles.

6. Repeated lack of courtesy and respect towards teachers, staff, or fellow students.
7. Defacing or destroying school property.
8. Repeated defiance of school rules and regulations.
9. Use of profane language and/or possession of pornographic material.
10. Selling or arranging to sell any controlled substance on school grounds or at school activities.
11. Acts of sexual harassment.
The above district regulations and Education Code laws apply to school grounds, any school sponsored activities, or any location within the school's jurisdiction.





















ACADEMIC HONESTY POLICY

This policy states what the teaching staff and school administration defines cheating to be and what the consequences will be for students caught cheating. The intent of this policy is to promote integrity and honesty in all areas of student development.

Cheating is simply defined as using the work or ideas of others as your own.
Examples of cheating are as follows:

• Submitting internet data as your own original work.
• Copying from printed sources such as encyclopedias, magazines, and newspapers where no credit is given to the author of the article.
• Having others do your work for you.
• Unauthorized talking during a test situation.
• Using cheat sheets or unauthorized supplemental notes in test situations.
• Looking at others work.
• Copying homework assignments from another student.
• Forgery.

The consequences for cheating are as follows:
• First offense: a zero grade will be given to the assignment, a referral made to the SSRA, a call will be made to the parent or guardian, and a detention assigned.
• Second offense: a zero grade will be given to the assignment, a referral made to the SSRA, a mandatory parent conference and a period suspension from class.
• Third offense: a zero grade will be given to the assignment and the student will be suspended for continued defiance of school rules.

LEAVING SCHOOL GROUNDS

South Pointe Middle School is a closed campus. This means that students may not leave the grounds at any time during the school day without permission. Permission may be obtained from the office for an emergency purpose or a doctor or dental appointment during school hours or at noon time. A parent or guardian must sign the student out at the office before taking him/her off campus and must sign him/her in upon return.

If a parent wishes to take a student from school during school hours, then the parent must arrange for this through the office. No student will be released to brothers and sisters who are minors unless prior parent permission is granted. Also, no student will be released to persons not authorized on student emergency card without parent or guardian permission.
TOBACCO, ALCOHOL, AND OTHER DRUGS POLICY

The Walnut Valley Unified School District Board of Trustees recognizes that alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use is a serious problem in our society that endangers all segments of the educational community, including students, district personnel and parents. This problem adversely affects the people who use alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs and inhibits their ability to function physically, emotionally, intellectually, and socially, both in and out of the school environment. The Board intends to keep district schools alcohol, tobacco, and drug-free among students and staff.


HANDS OFF POLICY

Students at South Pointe are to keep their hands to themselves. We expect students to refrain from touching other people or the personal possessions of others. This includes, but is not limited to, hand holding, hugging, pulling on one student’s backpacks or clothing and aggressive behavior.